FOOTBALL: Double-header of sorts as Holbeach United and Pinchbeck United both play away games in Wellingborough, with just goal difference separating them in the league
Holbeach United and Pinchbeck United could have shared transport costs for their games in the Future Lions United Counties League Premier Division on Saturday.
Less than a mile will separate the Tigers and the Knights when they kick off against Wellingborough Whitworth and Wellingborough Town respectively on Saturday.
But the closeness of the two sides also extends to their respective places in the league, with the Tigers ahead of the Knights on goal difference after a 2-1 win for Holbeach over Sleaford Town on Wednesday night.
Pinchbeck boss Ian Dunn said: “When we came into the league, we always felt that we could compete at this level, having watched some games last season.
“But it was always going to be difficult to get to the level of the top three or four sides, including Daventry and Rugby who have both shown that they are a level apart from the rest.
“I always said to people, ‘Ask me how we’re doing just after Christmas when we’ll have a better idea of where we’ll finish.”
Tigers boss Hayes has narrowed the title race down to just three sides, Daventry, Rugby and Deeping Rangers who travel to Rugby Town on Saturday.
Despite this, Hayes was full of praise for Pinchbeck’s efforts so far in their first ever season at this level.
Hayes said: “My focus is on getting us right so that, at the end of the season, we can finish higher than fourth which would be progress.
“We’ve played Deeping, so there’s a rivalry there, but we’ve not played Pinchbeck yet and when we do, that will stand up any rivalry a bit more.
“But what they’ve done is phenomenal and the backing they’ve had off the pitch has meant that they’ve been able to move forward.
“We’ve got a game in hand on them and if we win that, we’ll go back above Pinchbeck.
“We’re a very good side, with one of the best home records in the league, so we’ll see where we and Pinchbeck are in the next few weeks.”